Learn about the various stages of the castle’s development, from its construction as a stone fortress to its importance as an administrative stronghold are explored, within this hands-on and interactive exhibition space. Explore the earliest defensive structures in the town of Athlone and learn about the development of Athlone Castle through its first 400 years. The staged development of Athlone Castle is also examined, from its earliest inception as a wooden fortification, the rebuild by the Anglo-Normans and the power struggles that took place over the following four centuries.
Athlone Castle’s first 400 years
Highlights from our Collection
“1210: The English bishop that was justiciar and Richard Tuit founded a stone castle at Athlone wherein there was tower built of stone which soon after fell killing the said Richard Tuit and eight other Englishmen’’
“The building of the bridge of Athlone by his lordship tames all Connacht that they dare not stir in any rebellion’’